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Anything you notice could protect a child

Anything you notice could protect a child

Anything you notice could protect a child

15 Mar 2017

Camden is backing a national campaign to tackle child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.

Social workers, police, school and health staff from across the borough came together last month to talk about child sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation and how to tackle and prevent these issues locally.

The in-depth discussion took place at the Camden Safeguarding Children Board (CSCB) conference on 9 February at the London Irish Centre, Camden Square.

Delegates heard that all professionals and residents have a role in protecting children and young people from child abuse, neglect and exploitation and preventing it from happening in the first place.

Professionals spoke about how they investigate cases and guest speakers, including Graham Ritchie from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, gave the latest national view.

Dominic Clout, Chair of the Camden Safeguarding Children Board, said: “Many people do not act because they’re worried about being wrong. You don’t have to be absolutely certain about your suspicions - if you’re concerned a child is being abused or their safety is at risk, speak to someone.”

If you are worried about a child or young person call 020 7974 3317 (out of hours: 020 7974 4444). If you think a child is in immediate danger call the police on 999. Children can also ring the free and confidential Child line on 0800 1111.

Find out more

http://www.cscb-new.co.uk/

https://tacklechildabuse.campaign.gov.uk/

Photo: CSCB Chair Dominic Clout (left) with Dr Deborah Hodes, from University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and guest speaker Donald Findlater, from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation.

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